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Biden inauguration rehearsal paused amid US Capitol lockdown

2021-01-18 18:05:25

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picture captionSafety is tight in Washington DC

The Capitol advanced in Washington DC was briefly locked down after a safety alert, two days earlier than Joe Biden is inaugurated as US president.

Police say they acted out of an abundance of warning after witnesses reported smoke rising close by. The hearth was a number of blocks away.

It got here amid preparations for a rehearsal for Mr Biden’s inauguration.

5 individuals died after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, which is residence to the US Congress, on 6 January.

1000’s of Nationwide Guard reserve troopers have been deployed on the Capitol and round central Washington DC.

There was no menace to the general public, officers stated after Monday’s lockdown. Congress is at the moment in recess.

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What preparations are happening for Biden’s inauguration?

Safety is tight after the rioters overran the Capitol earlier this month.

The Nationwide Mall – the landscaped park across the advanced – has been closed, together with many main roads. Fences have been put up across the White Home.

The inauguration rehearsal scheduled for Monday has already been postponed as soon as on safety grounds.

All 50 US states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for doable violent protests.

The FBI has warned of doable armed marches by pro-Trump supporters throughout state capitols.

As soon as he’s sworn in, Mr Biden will situation government orders to reverse President Trump’s journey bans and re-join the Paris local weather accord.

The president-elect can also be anticipated to give attention to reuniting households separated on the US-Mexico border, and to situation mandates on Covid-19 and mask-wearing.

What is going to occur on 20 January?

Mr Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of workplace in entrance of the Capitol constructing, overlooking the Nationwide Mall.

Usually a crowd of tons of of hundreds can be there to witness a major second in American nationwide life.

Nonetheless, between the coronavirus pandemic and safety issues, the scale of the group is being severely restricted this 12 months.

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picture captionThe rehearsal for Wednesday’s inauguration was disrupted

As soon as sworn in, Mr Biden will give an inaugural handle, setting the agenda for his time period in workplace.

The ceremonies embrace a poetry studying, the Pledge of Allegiance and a benediction. Woman Gaga will sing the nationwide anthem, and there shall be a musical efficiency by Jennifer Lopez.

One outstanding determine shall be conspicuous by his absence: Mr Trump has stated he is not going to attend the inauguration.

Tom Hanks will host an occasion on prime-time TV on the night time of the twentieth, with performances by Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi.

Mr Biden’s inauguration planning workforce has designated the day earlier than the swearing-in as a nationwide memorial to lives misplaced by way of Covid-19.

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